Last month I attended the Serendipity retreat in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I feel grateful for all the people and things that came together to make this retreat possible.
Why do I retreat?
- It allows me to get away from the stresses of everyday life.
- I am able to experience times of stillness, quiet, reflection, and solitude.
- I experience spiritual practices that truly feed me.
- I learn new things about myself which challenge me and therefore, I continue my journey of self-growth and development.
- I feel connected to others who have similar interests and are like-minded.
- I can let out my artsy-fartsy, silly, fun, creative side and not be judged for it.
- I have the opportunity to meet people in real life whom I've followed on-line, some for many years.
- By leaving home, job, and family behind for a few days, I gain a new perspective. I have a new appreciation for my life back home when I return.
- I leave feeling inspired.
My full day was spent painting in the beautiful space you see above with artist Alena Hennessy serving as our guide. Listening to the waves throughout the day was heavenly.
I was introduced to new materials including aqua boards and acrylic inks. It was such a treat to watch Alena at work (play). I watched her paint the art you see below. She has such an eye for color. Her paintings make me happy. So much so that I bought an original with the words: Remember to Play.
I honestly struggled with my paintings. On the one hand, I wanted to let go and just play. On the other hand, I wanted to paint something I would really like. After many layers I finally ended up beginning to like what I had painted and discovered, surprisingly, that for now I actually do have a style all my own.
The next week after I returned I completed my paintings. They look unique and I am pleased with them.
My favorite day of retreat was my Practical Magic workshop with Jen Gray and Christine Mason Miller. We discussed altars. Painted cigar boxes and made our very own travel altars. We made sun print images. We wrote words on the beach and watched the waves erase and carry them into the ocean. Throughout the day I kept sighing contentedly. It was so good. Here are images from that day.
I don't fully have the words to describe a retreat, especially this one. It is divine. Sacred, Magical.
I can't wait to return again.